coax´ing|ly


coax´ing|ly
coax «kohks», transitive verb.
1. to persuade by soft words; influence by pleasant ways: »

She coaxed her father to let her go to the dance.

SYNONYM(S): wheedle, cajole, inveigle, entice.
2. to get by coaxing: »

The nurse coaxed a smile from the baby.

3. Obsolete. to fool with flattery; take in.
4. Obsolete. to fondle; caress.
–v.i.
to use coaxing.
[earlier, to fool, influence, apparently < obsolete cokes a fool]
coax´er, noun.
coax´ing|ly, adverb.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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